The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse offers entering freshman students the opportunity to participate in an agreement that ensures graduation within four years of a student's initial enrollment. If the student satisfies all the conditions of the agreement, but degree completion is delayed because the University did not fulfill its requirements of the agreement, then UW-La Crosse will relieve the student of tuition for the required course(s) remaining after the four-year time period. The actual agreement contains details about the student and university conditions, requirements, and remedies. Not all UWL academic programs are included as part of this formal agreement.
This agreement requires the student to work with a four-year agreement adviser to select the appropriate course sequences to ensure timely completion of degree requirement. The four-year timeline begins with the start of the term in which the student first enrolls as a new freshman and ends 48 months later.
The four-year graduation agreement will not be of interest to all entering freshmen, and it is important to understand the options and conditions of the agreement prior to participating in it. There are many factors that may contribute to a student's decision. The advantages of completing a degree program in four years include a) cost savings, b) earlier entry into graduate and professional studies, and c) earlier entry into the workforce. There are also many good reasons why a student may take longer than four years to graduate. For example, a student may:
The agreement must be signed within the first seven weeks of a student's initial enrollment when he/she meets with a four-year agreement adviser.
The following majors are excluded from the four-year agreement due to the number of credits required for compliance with accreditation standards, course sequencing due to the limited number of students in the program, or credits required for a concentration within a major. Any major not on this list is available for the Agreement.
College of Business Administration
College of Liberal Studies
College of Science and Health
More information about the conditions of the four-year agreement is available from the dean's office in each college. Students may contact the following persons:
Becky Vianden, Assistant to the Dean
138 Carl Wimberly Hall 608.785.8090
College of Liberal Studies/School of Arts and Communication
Peter Stovall or Tim Walls, Academic Services Coordinators
260 Morris Hall 608.785.5454
Note: Four-Year Agreement not available for teacher education majors.
Carla Burkhardt or Guy Herling, Assistants to the Dean
205 Graff Main Hall608.785.8156